Sunday, November 18, 2018

Trumpenleft

"United States Budgetary Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2019: $5.9 Trillion Spent and Obligated" (Crawford).  Hey, that land for the Khazars isn't going to steal itself!  Note that if Trump told Shlomo to schlep all the bags of shekels back today, and put a full stop to all the Wars For The Jews, even the ongoing cost of looking after the veterans - many traumatized by the horrors that they did to completely innocent victims, and many others permanently damaged by innocent people trying to defend themselves from their illegal/immoral actions - is incomprehensibly enormous, and won't end for decades.

"NY Times: Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?" (Wallace).  Are they good for Americans?  Are they good for humanity?

"Justin Trudeau Conflating BDS With Anti-Semitism Is Dangerous" (Ghabrial/Razlogova).  It is quite a striking and unnecessary turn in his little speech, paid for with perfectly good shekels.

"The Intensified ‘Ukrainization’ of New NATO Member Montenegro" (Pavic).

"A Serb's comment on French policy in history - Jovan Pjescic", and its comments.  There's always a karma thing, eventually, in betraying your old friends.

"Barack von Obamenburg, Herr Donald, and Big Capitalist Hypocrisy: On How Fascism Happens" (Street):  "In some cases I have encountered, previously serious-seeming leftists have practically embraced Trump and channeled Moscow-hatched Caitlin/Diana Johnstoneite “red-brown” and “geopolitical” talking points [2] in the spirit of “the [nationalist]  enemy of my [globalist] enemy is [somehow] my friend.”" and "the Trumpenleft" (proving that this is, indeed, published by Counterpunch).

"Moderate Traffickers: Turkish-backed ‘Free Syrian Army’ Caught Smuggle Hashish in Ambulances".

"Bin Salman 'tried to persuade Netanyahu to go to war in Gaza' say sources" (Hearst) (I'm guessing this is Iranian propaganda, but it is good Iranian propaganda, and might even be true):
"Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attempted to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to start a conflict with Hamas in Gaza as part of a plan to divert attention from the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, sources inside Saudi Arabia have told Middle East Eye.

A war in Gaza was among a range of measures and scenarios proposed by an emergency task force set up to counter increasingly damaging leaks about Khashoggi's murder coming from Turkish authorities, according to sources with knowledge of the group's activities.

The task force, which is composed of officials from the royal court, the foreign and defence ministries, and the intelligence service, briefs the the crown prince every six hours, MEE was told.

It advised bin Salman that a war in Gaza would distract US President Donald Trump's attention and refocus Washington’s attention on the role Saudi Arabia plays in bolstering Israeli strategic interests.

It also advised bin Salman to “neutralise Turkey by all means” - including attempts to bribe Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with offers to buy Turkish arms and statements by the crown prince attempting to shore up relations between Riyadh and Ankara."
and:
"A political analyst in Israel with knowledge of Israeli government dealings with Saudi Arabia, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, told Middle East Eye that Netanyahu was eager to help bin Salman and that it was "possible" that the Saudis had tried to persuade him to go to war in Gaza.

"But I don't think they succeeded," the analyst said. "If Netanyahu was acting upon some deal with bin Salman, he wouldn't have stopped after 48 hours, giving victory to Hamas and worse - in Saudi eyes - to the Qataris who just transfered money to the Hamas administration.

"It's evident that Netanyahu is eager to help bin Salman, but he is not ready to endanger, on MBS's behalf, the strategic asset that Hamas' rule over Gaza presents him.

"With Hamas in power and the consolidation of the division between Gaza and the West Bank, Netanyahu can continue with his primary goal: to prevent any option of an independent Palestinian state between the river and the sea. To achieve this goal, he is even ready to be humiliated by Hamas, as happened in the last round of violence.""
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